St.Katherine of Alexandria: The Late Middle English Prose Legend in Southwell Minster MS 7

St.Katherine of Alexandria: The Late Middle English Prose Legend in Southwell Minster MS 7

By: Saara Nevanlinna (editor), Irma Taavitsainen (editor)Hardback

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Saints' lives were popular throughout the Middle Ages; among women saints, few were more venerated than St Katherine, who possessed all the qualities and virtues appropriate to a bride of Christ. Her legend is typical of the genre, and shares many features with other saints' lives. This is the prose version of the legend; the text is based on Southwell Minster MS 7, which contains additions not found in other versions, with emendations where necessary from other manuscripts. The editors' introduction gives an outline of the tradition of St Katherine in England, with particular reference to the late-Middle-English prose legend, which dates from about 1500 and thus reflects an interesting transitional period in the history of the English language. Discussion of textual tradition, style, and linguistic and sociological aspects of the manuscript places the prose legend in a wider literary and cultural context.

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Part 1 Manuscripts of the prose legend of St Katherine. Part 2 Introduction: an outline of the tradition - saints' lives in medieval literature, the legend of St Katherine, the cult of St Katherine, "Legenda Aurea" and its translations into English, the English versions of the legend of St Katherine, earlier translations, 15th-century metrical legends, versions in prose; the late Middle English prose legend of St Katherine - the plot, prologue, genealogy, birth, youth and coronation, martyrdom, finding of her body, narrative technique, intertextuality in saints' lives, hagiographers' stock-in-trade, the cast of the legend; the late Middle English prose legend in the Southwell manuscript (Q) - the composition of the legend in Q, the "vita" of St Katherine, the saint's "passio", dialogue on God's unity and trinity, in search of the exemplars, provenance of lines 1-535, provenance of lines 536-701 and 806-943, provenance of lines 701-806, the language of the legend of St Katherine in Q, dialectal features, layers of copying, and on-going standardization, regularization in process, the devotional function on St Katherine in Q; description of the Southwell manuscript (Q), physical appearance, contents, descriptions of the manuscript, collation, provenance, the handwriting, graphemes, abbreviations, punctuation, graphic devices. Part 3 The text: editorial principles; the legend of St Katherine; explanatory notes; select glossary; bibliography; index of proper names; index of words and forms with their frequencies.

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  • publication date: 01/12/1993
  • ISBN13: 9780859913911
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780859913911
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 0859913910

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